A call was received by State Police Honesdale barracks that marijuana plants were seen growing outside a residence north of Honesdale. Troopers investigated and observed the plants at 20 Oregon Turnpike.
On Friday, August 23 a search warrant was served at the house. Trooper Winnberg reported that the subsequent search revealed a fully functional marijuana growing operation throughout the residence. There were approximately 17 plants in various stages of growth in a bathroom and a bedroom closet. There were also seven jars of processed marijuana in the house.
While at the property the troopers readily recognized at lest three marijuana plants, growing at a considerable height above all the other vegetation that was also growing there. All of the windows in the house were covered. One of the windows at the rear of the house had a small section of the interior exposed and there was a very bright light emitting from it.
An air conditioner was mounted in the window and was running. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana.
They also found several large magnets attached to the PPL meter base where the electricity enters the residence. "This concept is used to apparently slow down the speed of the meter so as to not show the actual power output that is being generated by the residence," Trooper Winnberg said.
Dennie Edward Mahon, age 43, returned home at about 7:45 p.m. and was detained by a waiting trooper. Mahon was arraigned on felony charges of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia.